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Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum)

Lamiaceae, or mint family
Common Names
Holy Basil, Tulsi
In Ayurvedic medicine, the whole plant can be used: leaves, flowers, seeds, & roots. The flowers and leaves are most commonly used medicinally, but even the woody stalks are used to make beads for jewelry and meditation malas, or rosaries.
Growing Conditions
USDA Growing Zone(s): Tulsi grows best as a perennial in zones 10-11, but it can be grown as an annual in cooler zones.
Tulsi loves hot, sunny weather with well-draining soil and can grow quite large in these conditions.
  • 'Vana': Easiest to grow variety along with Temperate Tulsi. 
  • 'Temperate': Easiest to grow Tulsi. Add to Vana and Amrita for a flavorful tulsi blend! 
  • 'Amrita': Annual. Very fragrant but more challenging to grow. Worth the effort! 
  • 'Rama': Most challenging Tulsi. Tropical. Grow indoors or in a greenhouse.
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Tulsi Vana plants growing at Kindred Herbs

Medicinal Uses
Tulsi is considered an adaptogenic tonic herb and has traditionally been used to help the mind and body better cope with stress.
Tulsi has historically been used to help soothe the nervous system, stimulate the immune system, warm the body, induce sweating, and help as a warming digestive aid.
Stories & Traditions
Across India, Tulsi can commonly be found outside of Hindu homes as a sacred altar space, worshipped as a physical manifestation of the Goddess Tulsi.
​This content is for educational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice or a substitute for medical treatment. Please consult your medical care provider before using herbal medicine.
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